Brewed by RCH
Style: English Strong Ale
Weston-super-Mare, England


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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A bottle conditioned version of Firebox with the addition of spice oils.
Pale malt, chocolate malt; Progress and Target hops; ginger, cloves, cinnamon, corriander, nutmeg, pimento. A dark, rich spicy bottle-conditioned ale, resonant with Christmas seasonal flavours and designed to take the chill off the coolest winter night. Ale Mary has a warm and sweet aroma of cloves, coriander and ginger. The palate provides touches of rum, raisins and sultanas, with a dry fruity finish. This ale has been exclusively brewed for us by Paul Davey of RCH Brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2010
I can smell the carbonation which is a big negative for me. Sweetness is intriguing but all in all one big Christmas in a mug. Disappointing to say the least.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle 50 cl. Slightly hazy dark golden with a huge foamy white head. Sweet and perfumed aroma of malt, caramel and ginger. Smgen is sweet and perfumed with a pungent ginger flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palidor19 (3165) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
aromaís not too bad. the is defeintly a feeling of spices. pour falls flat with minimal carbination. palate is very thin. malts give an astringent after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RichardGretton (4653) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2002
This beer was so active that I couldnít fully pour it into a glass for 10 minutes. The aroma of the beer didnít correspond to the label which specified cloves, coriander and ginger, and overall the beer was too bitter for consumption.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Quite a disappointment. HUGE head that made me think it was infected. No off flavours but no good ones either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fly (1462) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Whatís in a name? More than whatís inside this is my impression. Strange tartness and all kinds of elements that I either canít figure out or donít want to know. Mary can have it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gsteph (323) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Murky orangey, amber color with a damn huge, frothy white head. What a spice concoction, this stuff exudes spiciness. Cloves are predominant, corriander and a little nutmeg play up close. Looks good and appetizing. Unfortunately looks and aroma arenít everything. Spicy flavor of cloves, corriander, hops, and other Christmas fruitcake crap but for all of its constituents it is utterly flavorless. There is a strange twangy sweetness that manages to slide in under the blandness. Finishes bitter. Too many flavors to blend well. Since Iíve never had a beer steeped with pimento maybe that is it. It is a very strong flavored ale, spicy and peppery. Full mouthfeel and oily. It is however very untasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
pours golden amber, big, big fluffy head. nose is full of spices, ginger, cloves, nutmeg. flavor is spice, but not much else. lightly spiced air. an insubstantial brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 5, 2008
First time I had this I thought it was one of the most horrid seasonals I had ever tasted. The nose is overly spicy and full of sourness and a light bit of ginger. This was just like they spilled a whole bottle of assorted spices in the mash. Too much for me, hardly any maltiness, a light fruitcake flavor. Finishes extremely dry and undrinkable to me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
zimbo (905) - SCOTLAND - APR 30, 2015
Big beefy head and pours easily. Initial great promise before it hits the tongue with a weird incongruous cocktail of hot spices which dominate everything. Undrinkable drain pour.

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